This is a traverse problem on the bottom of the slab boulder. It can be traversed either way. Good feet at the beginning of either side lead into smears and long reaches for the feet. The handholds are crimpy but not too rough on the tips. Many variations and contrived problems could keep the imaginative boulderer entertained on this simple slab!
A crashpad could help, but it is not necessary (route doesn't get too high).
Linda making her way across the Tree Slab Traverse...
From: Bear Creek, CO
Oct 1, 2007
rating: V1 5
Easier left to right than right to left.
|By Dane Rynhart|
Oct 4, 2012
The Tree Slab Traverse was radically altered about twelve years ago. The large, low foothold right at the beginning of the crux section was chiseled in by a true jerk. There is no foothold there. In order to say you really completed the traverse, you must step into the crux area ignoring the chiseled foothold. Since the hold did not exist, the difficulty would be correct.
Also, for a good test, use only the low holds in the crux, ie, the little gaston for the left hand and a small knob for the right. The return from the right to the left is indeed more difficult.